I spent today working with the coolest group of educators (yea – team red!) for the coolest non-profit in Atlanta, Love Beyond Walls. Our Fuse Commander Meghan Cureton was flawless and demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout the entire process. On day two of #Fuse16, we collaborated in teams of 5-6 to understand and solve for the needs of Love Beyond Walls founder Terrence using the DEEP design thinking process. We used many of the design thinking playbook tools including MoVe Man…
We met…Terrence. A passionate visionary committed to building relationships and provide both relief and development to those in poverty in Atlanta.
We were blown away…by his personal story, the depth of his commitment, his life’s mission to increase awareness about poverty while restoring dignity, and how much support he has been given mainly via social media connections.
What if…we could support his efforts by getting others to ‘walk with Terrence’ in his upcoming campaign from Atlanta to DC.
We were challenged to create a low-res video using the this framework…
The annual MVIFI Fuse Conference at Mount Vernon kicked off to a strong start this morning with the DT 101 Flash Lab. I am excited to be serving as a design thinking coach and member of the Flight Crew (yes! this means I get a new badge) for the third consecutive year.
Things I Like Most About Fuse
– Getting inspired by the passion, commitment, and hard work of my colleagues (see Bo, Meghan, Jim, James, TJ, and Trey) (not to mention all of the fabulous coaches, faculty, and students)
– Getting more laps with design thinking. I learn something new and deepen my experience every time
– Meeting and networking with fantastic, passionate educators from all of the country (even the globe)
– The MoVE (Moment of Visible Empathy) Talks are always a highlight. I love the stories, the passion, the ideas, and the stage.
– Welcoming new (new to Mount Vernon or simply new to Fuse) Mount Vernon team members to the conference as one of their first experiences as part of the faculty.
Started the day with a fantastic Middle School Admin Team Retreat, followed by an incredible Maker session where I learned about the Studio(i) experience, designed and printed using the laser cutter, and earned a badge! It was a fantastic turn out and professional learning event considering it is summer time. Next, I went to training session for this week’s Fuse conference with the fantastic Red Team followed by a fun team dinner at Village Burger. Finally, I ended the day by reading to each of my children and going for a night walk and swim. Blessed.
Have you heard of design thinking yet? People centered problem solving?
I spent the last two days participating in the FUSE 2014 Conference hosted by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (@MVIFI) at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. I earned a badge for being a Facilitator in the 101 track (participants engaged in an introductory design thinking challenge related to the topic of “student centered learning“). There were 140 educators and non-educators from around the nation (some international, too).
Our Middle School sent a small team of our own teachers to the 201 track where they arrived with a pre-determined focus of “student led conferences.” As is the case with design thinking, once you begin to interview “users” and empathize with their needs, you realize that what you thought was the challenge/problem/opportunity may actually be very different than what the actual user views as the real issue/need.
Overall, it was an incredible conference where new friendships and connections were made, minds were stretched, and a ripple was thrown into the pond of nurturing innovators and transforming educational practice. For more info about MVIFI and FUSE…